Tim Sheens has been reappointed Australia rugby league coach for a sixth successive season.
NRL head of football Todd Greenberg announced the appointment on Tuesday ahead of a representative season that will see the Kangaroos take on New Zealand in the ANZAC Test in Sydney on May 2, and compete in the Four Nations tournament in Australia and New Zealand in October and November.
Sheens has a record of 23 wins, one draw and one loss since being appointed to the Kangaroos coaching job in February 2009.
He took over after Ricky Stuart resigned from the role following Australia’s shock loss to New Zealand in the World Cup final in 2008.
“Tim has achieved a remarkable record of success as Kangaroos coach and we are excited he has agreed to continue in that role in 2014,” Greenberg said.
During Sheens’s reign the Kangaroos have won the World Cup, two Four Nations titles in the United Kingdom, five consecutive mid-year Tests against New Zealand and two end-of-season Tests against the Kiwis.
“This is a role that means a lot to me. It’s a great honour to coach the Kangaroos and to work with the calibre of players we have in the side,” Sheens said.
“There’s a lot to look forward to this year with the mid-year Test back in Sydney and a Four Nations on home soil.”
The May 2 Test at Sydney Football Stadium is the first match between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney for six years and the first since the Kangaroos beat the Kiwis in the World Cup final in Manchester in November.